Edmonton Bridal Expo

October 24, 2014

Edmonton’s Bridal Expo can be a great resource for brides looking for the perfect vendors for their wedding!  I’ve had the pleasure of being asked to photograph the booths of some of my favourite vendors for the last couple of years and so this fall was excited to head back to the Shaw to do it again!

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Aarti and I went to high school together, and thanks to Facebook have been able to keep in touch over the years, while she completed medical school overseas.  Aarti is a strong, beautiful woman and we chatted together about doing a shoot just for her, to celebrate this time in her life.  We decided to turn it into a family shoot, and it was wonderful to meet her parents and brother.

Aarti reminded me that in high school she predicted I was going to be a photographer.  I was one of the editors of the yearbook and took quite a few of the photos. I definitely had a love for it but never imagined I was going to turn it into a career. In fact, I was determined to be a doctor myself! I don’t remember Aarti making that prediction, but I think it’s super cool that 15 years later I’m taking photos of her, and that she saw something in me even back then.

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We want to congratulate Satpal & Kim on their engagement ! They celebrated with family and friends at the Mirage Banquet Hall. Michael and Jesse had an awesome time partying with them!

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The first thing that Stephanie said to me when I got to her house for getting ready photos was, “How’s the weather?” Stephanie Barsby is a meteorologist for CBC. As an avid CBC Radio One listener I hear her weather reports almost every day on the Radioactive program. So you can imaging how excited I was to shoot her wedding. There was a cold snap leading up to the wedding, but as it turned out, the weather that day was beautiful.

She had a gorgeous bridal party. The guys side, most of them from Kinuso, were a lot of fun. They certainly kept my second shooter Melissa on her toes during the getting ready pictures. Ben and Stephanie are most certainly in love, and their children and them make a wonderful family together.

At the reception was placed at a table with most of the Radioactive hosts. They are a down to earth bunch in person. It’s no wonder that I enjoy their personalities so much on the radio.

Congratulations Stephanie and Ben!

– Michael

Florals: Cory Christopher

Cake: Art of Cake

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Geez, I went to Vancouver for a few days (where the leaves are still green by the way) and all the beautiful yellow leaves are gone here!

This is part 3 of a 4 seasons project with the Rayners, (winter is coming….), and this time they have a new addition, their son Rhys.  He is a VERY welcome addition to their family, and is sure to be spoiled absolutely rotten.  I spent a very early morning on their acreage (where I was introduced to bulletproof coffee – thanks Sean!), and I always love visiting with this sweet family.

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K & K – Couples Session

October 14, 2014

K & K drove all the way up from Southern Alberta for a session with me and we had a fantastic time! It was one of those shoots where the creative juices were flowing, the couple was amazing and gorgeous, and the location was perfect.  After a few years together these two wanted a fun and stylish shoot to be able to hang some images in their home, which I think is an awesome idea.  For this late night shoot we were allowed into the Red Piano and it was basically empty so we could do whatever we wanted…and after a few drinks together and a few jokes we made a little magic.  Big thanks to Sam from Samuel James Photography who collaborated with me on this shoot and brought along some of his lighting equipment to play with.

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Anam & Abdullah are a very sweet couple and chose the Legislature for their wedding photos.  Thankfully the weather at the end of September was gorgeous and Michael had a wonderful afternoon with them.  Their reception at the Palace Banquet Hall was fun and vibrant! Congratulations Anam & Abdullah!

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Justin’s dad described Linda & Justin as ‘twitterpated’, and after spending time with them I think it’s a really accurate assessment.  Adorable would be another very appropriate term.  They planned a classically beautiful wedding at St. Joseph’s Basilica and the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. It was a perfect fall day for these two. They met at the University of Alberta when paired together for a school project, and the rest is history! It was awesome to celebrate with them and see their two families join together.  Congratulations Linda & Justin!

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Linda & Justin envisioned something unique for their decor- a mix of all the elements.  It was my first time seeing frozen centerpieces!

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A rare occasion – Michael and I shot this wedding together! Here is some behind the scenes (including evidence that I’m a workaholic, I pitched in to put some final touches on the table decor).

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Carrie & Nick are enjoying one last trip before their little one arrives! Before they left I met up with Carrie for her maternity photos. Nick made a cameo ;)  If I can predict a couple of things about this wee baby, I think it will be very well dressed and very well traveled.

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Sherri & Ken have a classic elegance about them. Their wedding had the same feel. Nothing was rushed, everything was planned perfectly. Every detail of their wedding was beautiful, and I adore Sherri’s off-the-shoulder dress. They had a beautiful fall day for their wedding, and we had lots of time for photos. And do they ever know how to throw a good party! Ken is a doctor, and Sherri is a nurse, and they have a close group of friends and colleagues that partied the night away with them at the reception. It was a perfect day from start to finish. Congratulations Sherri & Ken!

Hair & Makeup: Stylebar by Sonia Sajnani
Ceremony: Timms Centre for the Arts
Reception: Edmonton Country Club
Stationery: Ginger Creative
Florals: Flowers on 50th
Dress: Pure Bridal
Suit: Moore’s
Photobooth: Ready Set Booth

Thanks to Sam for being an awesome second shooter as usual!

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Behind the scenes!  I first met Sherri when she was a bridesmaid for Poonam & Deepak’s wedding a few years ago, it was great to see them again!

 

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We love it when Ready, Set, Booth is there at the receptions – the guests have an awesome time, and with the open air style you can fit a lot of people in at once!

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We had some pretty amazing light at the golf course for a few minutes so of course we had to take photos of each other…

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